Islam and Contemporary Art

An insight into Contemporary Art
through the eyes of Andalusia’s Muslim heritage



Module one: The Islamic attitude towards Visual Arts; Idolatry and iconoclasm; Structural Duality and Hispanic-Muslim Art

We must understand the abstract nature of Islamic art as a coherent consequence of an attitude.

Module two: Tauriq; Abstract naturalism

The Hom, the Syriac tree of life, is the best visual expression of the Islamic concept of creation.

Module three: Tastir; Shapes and remembrance; Geometry and visual thought

Returning to reality through the qualities of dhikr. Shapes as a way of remembrance.

Module four: Calligraphy in Islamic Art; types and styles of Calligraphy

Lines and shapes coexist in one same format and share one same material in such a way that there
sometimes appears to be no difference between the beautiful Kufic calligraphy and the masterful
lines of Tauriq or Tastir.

Module five: Fractal Geometry

The Penrose Diagram grants us visual access to the transitional world of Fractals through flat geometry.

The location

This course will be taught in Dar As Salam in Almodovar del rio, Córdoba, Spain.


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